American poker pro Dan Sindelar has achieved one of the most honorable feats among his profession. He’s made the elite November Nine; a final tablist of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event. He’s already guaranteed himself a minimum cash of $730k, which would more than double his career live tournament winnings, but stands to win as much as $10 million for a 1st place victory; a sum that would catapult him (or anyone who wins, for that matter) into the top 25 of all-time poker money winners. To Dan’s advantage, though, he is a regular at the Las Vegas card rooms, and likely to be the most comfortable player on the stage.
Sindelar, along with his fellow November Niners, outlasted a massive field of 6,683 at the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event, and showed immense poise in doing so. He currently holds the median chip stack of 21,200,000, the 5th largest (or 5th smallest, depending on your point of view). He is 17.175mm behind the leader, Norwegian poker pro Jorryt van Hoof, and 9.075mm above the low stack of Brazilian part-time pro, Bruno Politano.
Born and raised in Nebraska, the 30 year old poker pro has been tossing chips for a decade, dating back to his first year at the University of Nebraska. It was all fun and games back then, but it was blatantly obvious that Sindelar’s skills greatly outweighed that of his college piers. It wasn’t long before he started viewing poker as a superior career path. Nebraska wasn’t exactly teeming with poker rooms, so after a few intermittent tournaments he made the biggest decision of his life – likely one his parents weren’t too thrilled with at the time. Dan dropped out of college and moved to Las Vegas.
Six years later, Sindelar is easily considered one of the most experience live tournament players in this year’s November Nine. He may not have the 7-figure earnings of Mark Newhouse or Martin Jacobson, but he does have more cashes under his belt, and having resided among Las Vegas poker rooms as a full-time player for so long, the time spent grinding the felt will definitely work to his advantage.
Dan Sindelar has already recorded 17 WSOP cashes dating back to 2008 – his first year living in Nevada. He landed 3 of those cashes in the 2014 WSOP alone. That superlative number doesn’t even take into account the 11 WSOP Circuit events he’s earned paychecks from since 2007. Dan’s most prominent cashes did not come from the WSOP, though. The largest amount Sindelar has won was $105,312 after routing the entire field at the Fall Poker Classic NLHE Championship in 2007 to take 1st. In 2013, Dan went on to win Event 1 of the Wynn Classic Las Vegas for another $60k. All told, Sindelar has finished in the money in 50 major live poker tournaments, harvesting $527,777.
The American poker pro has maintained a conservative stance throughout much of the WOSP Main Event, and will likely continue to do so when the final table reconvenes on November 10. Sindelar could have been crippled (and subsequently eliminated) on Day 7, but Lady Luck showed up just in time to keep his run alive. The last pot-laden hand Sindelar took part in saw him calling the all-in push of Iaron Lightbourne. Sindelar showed A-Q, but was already well behind Lightbourne’s Q-Q. He desperately needed an Ace, and as luck would have it, that’s the first thing that fell on the flop. The rest of the board was of no consequence as Iaron Lightbourne was sent packing in 22nd place. By the time the day was over, Dan Sindelar found himself seated among the elite November Nine.
2014 WSOP November Nine Players and Chip Counts
|Jorryt van Hoof||38,375,000||Netherlands|